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Senate criticizes Taliban over not extending truce

Senate criticizes Taliban over not extending truce

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Jun 19, 2018 - 18:20

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or Senate members on Tuesday criticized the Talibaninfo-icon for not extending their ceasefire with government forces, blaming the war in Afghanistaninfo-icon on ‘interferences’.

Earlier, the Afghan government declared a 9-day truce with the Taliban who announced a three-day ceasefire.

Both the sides adhered to the ceasefire but the Taliban resumed their attacks against Afghan forces soon after their Eid days ceasefire ended, while the government extended it by another 10 days.

The Meshrano Jirga’s today discussed the ceasefire. Allahdad Andar, a senator from southern Ghazni province, welcomed the government for extending ceasefire and asked the Taliban to follow suit. He said the conflict served no one’s interest and only destroyed the country.

Senator Baz Mohammad Zurmati said the people were tired of the war and both the government and the Taliban should extend their ceasefire. He said the Afghan government was ready to accept all legitimate demands of the Taliban.

Abdullah Qarlaq, a senator from Kunduz province, said that the government was more tolerable and flexible about the ceasefire with the Taliban.

“Both the Taliban and Afghan forces offered Eid prayers together and exchanged greetings when they came to the city, but the Taliban after the ceasefire first attacked those Afghan forces who hosted them on Eid.”

Mohammad Hassan Hottak, another member of the upper house, said: “Those fighting in Taliban ranks are also tired of the war, but their leaders would never want peace in Afghanistan because they live in luxury houses outside this country, they fight for the interest of others in Afghanistan.”

Mohammad Alam Ezdyar, first deputy chairman of Meshrano Jirga, said that the country needed peace which continued to elude the Afghans due to interference of foreign intelligence agencies.

“The Afghans want peace not only in their own country but in the entire region,” said Ezdyar, who asked the government to be in contact with the Parliament before holding any kind of negotiations with the Taliban.

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